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Kelli Williams was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 8, 1970, the daughter of a plastic surgeon father, John, and an actress mother, Shannon Wilcox.  Kelli's parents divorced when she was 13. The only daughter in her family, Kelli has one older brother Sean and three half-brothers.

Kelli earned her Screen Actors Guild card as a baby by appearing in a television commercial for diapers, and by the time she was five, Kelli was already bit by the "acting bug".

"I grew up around it, " Kelli has explained. "My mom is an actress. ...I would go to sets with her and... memorize other parts and rehearse them with her."

As a teenager Kelli made the decision to put off pursuing a career until after she graduated from high school, limiting her acting performances to high school plays at Beverly Hills High. She vowed to devote a year to acting, and if it didn't pan out, she planned to further her education in college before trying again. However, Kelli was able to find many parts and never did return to school.

Kelli's early roles included a guest spot on the television show "Quantam Leap" and a part in the TV movie "The Case of the Hillside Stranglers" in 1989. She landed several parts on television from 1989 on. In 1993, Kelli made her feature film debut as Sunshine in "There Goes My Baby."

Upon completing a guest spot on "Picket Fences" in 1996, Kelli auditioned for and won a part on a new David Kelley series "The Practice" as Lindsay Dole.

Personally, Kelli has been married since 1996 to Ajay Sahgal, a writer. In April 1998, eight days after production of the second season of "The Practice" wound up, Kelli and her husband welcomed their son, Kiran Ram. Kiran, Kelli said in one interview, means "Ray of Life" in India.  Kelli and Ajay welcomed their second child, a daughter, on February 3, 2001.   The baby's name is Sarame Jane.

Kelli remains a vital part of "The Practice", which begins it's sixth season this month.

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